Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ!
On today the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, may we pray for all the unborn and their families; our brothers and sisters in Christ at the March for Life in D.C. and other cities; those who are on the front line in the fight for our culture of life; and for those who oppose it.
I write with good news and a praise report about a friend’s new job!
I don’t know if you know about Fr. Michael Gaitley’s story from the 33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Consecration DVD.
He tells of a time when his roommate and himself debated about going on a Spring Break trip with cute chicks or going on a retreat. They decided to pray a “flying novena,” which is nine Memorares prayed in a row for a sign about which decision to make. They ask Our Lord through the intercession of His Most Holy Mother that if they were to go on the retreat the price be between $60 and $65, and then they pray the “flying novena.” Afterwards, they call their retreat contact and asked for the cost, and the gentlemen said, “$63.”
Their prayer was answered!
From that point on, his roommate spreads the message of the “flying novena,” telling everyone “Never Was It Known!” Even when they lived in Austria as students in the study abroad program that Franciscan University of Steubenville offers, the roommate taped “Never Was It Known” on the kitchen wall using toilet paper. Classic! It definitely was a powerful way of evangelizing and a great conversation starter to say the least! :-)
Fast forward to the week of January 6, 2014, about three weeks ago. My friend who wishes to remain anonymous expressed a sincere desire for a job that does not require extended travel. For the past two years, she worked with a good company but was exhausted from the long projects that flew her out of state or out of the country.
We decided to pray a “flying novena” for a job that would keep her local and for God’s continual Will in her life. We stated that prayer intention and prayed nine Memorares in a row. The very next day she received an interview request on LinkedIn from a local company. She interviewed the following week (last week). They asked her back for another interview the next week, which was yesterday, and she was offered the job!
She said yes!
She is overwhelmed by God and Our Blessed Mother’s Love for her and how quickly they acted!
May this story inspire your prayer and trust in God and Our Blessed Mother!
I’m praying for each person who may read this! NEVER WAS IT KNOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please never give up on God, because He will never give up on you. :-)
PS. Please gives thanks to God and pray for my friend as she now faces transitioning into this new pearl of a job position.
PPS. I’ve read Blessed Mother Teresa also prayed “flying/express novenas” with her sisters. That she would pray a tenth Memorare out of thanksgiving. And even sometimes they prayed litanies of flying novenas (back-to-back novenas). And they were answered! :-)
PPPS. If you don’t know what the Memorare is, it is this prayer:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
The Memorare may also be found here under Marian prayers:
You would pray that prayer nine times in a row for a “flying novena.”